Dutch Water Line

FORTRESS VOSSEGAT

Location: 52 4'55.86"N    5 8'59.48"E

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This location can not be visited.
The fortress remains are not visible from the public road.

In 1787 the Patriots made an earthwork gun battery on this location.

The fortress was made between 1817 and 1819 as an earthwork fortress.
In fortress terms, the shape is a "Kroonwerk" (Crown Work) and in the front moat 2 "Ravelijnen" (early defense islands) were made.
The fortress had also an earthwork Reduit Left of the crown shape, in the middle of the photo.

On this aerial picture from before the Second World War, you see the original shape, however, the shape of the defense islands is changed.

In 1849 a bomb free Guardhouse was built on the Reduit.
This photo is copied from the site http://www.hollandsewaterlinie.nl, maker unknown.

This is what remains of it on a large military compound.
When the compound was enlarged, the military did demolish the fortress.

This picture is zoomed-inn very much, compared to the old one above.
But if you look good, you can see, that
the green patch has still more ore less the size and shape of the Reduit island.

The light brown colored building, just left of the middle of the picture (also on the left side of the bushes), is the old Guardhouse, without the ground covering.

This is the remaining old Guardhouse, now in a very poor state.

This photo is copied from the site http://www.hollandsewaterlinie.nl, maker unknown.

This is the front, with the entrance.

The Guard house seems to have been in use as housing for a branch of the Army Engineers, up till 1966, but has been abandoned after that.

This photo is copied from the site http://www.hollandsewaterlinie.nl, maker unknown.

Here you see a staircase going to the roof.
On the roof of these Guardhouses were originally also gun positions.

This photo is copied from the site http://www.hollandsewaterlinie.nl, maker unknown.

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Last revised on 31-12-2013